Monday, 18 February 2013

Struesel Topped Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins

SweetArt Supplies

As most of you know I really enjoy making muffins -- and even more so in these beautiful parchment paper Tulip Cups.
Muffins are so easy to make and quick to bake - everyone enjoys waking up to a fresh homemade muffin in our home!  Cinnamon is kind of a favourite here and the only thing is and I am so excited to finally have found them .. is Cinnamon Flakes!!  The kind you find in the baked goods at Cobs or other places!  Cinnamon Scones will be the first thing I make when they come in tomorrow!  I have been looking for ages for a supplier and finally found one --- yes I am giddy over it.
So for now we have these wonderful muffins;
Struesel Topped Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins.
7 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Struesel Topping
2 TBS flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 TBS butter, softened
Preheat an oven to 350°F.
Grease 9 standard muffin cups/cupcake liners or with our Tulip Cups with nonstick cooking spray; remember to fill the unused cups one-third full with water to prevent your pan from warping.
For the muffins, in the bowl of an electric mixer using the flat beater, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well until pale and smooth.
In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg and cinnamon.
Add to the flour mix to the butter mixture in 2 additions, alternating with the buttermilk and vanilla. Stir just until moistened and the batter will be slightly lumpy - not all smooth like a cake batter.  If you over beat it you will have a dry and tough muffin!
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each three-fourths full.
For the topping, in a small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter with a fork or your fingers until the mixture is well blended.
Sprinkle topping evenly over batter and gently press down into the muffin mix.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes until the muffins are golden, dry and springy to the touch ( toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean)
Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes -  let stand until cool enough to handle.  If using the tulip cups or some of our greaseproof cupcake liners you don't need to take them out of the papers.
I hope you enjoy these!

Friday, 1 February 2013

What's the difference?



It's kind of funny how after 2 and half years in business that I just realised I have never really blogged about how and why SweetArt Supplies came to be and why I think we and our products are different.
This all started when I was recuperating from a bone marrow/stem cell transplant for Leukemia in 2003.  After a few years of "getting better" I needed something to do and I couldn't go back to the gift basket business I had before I was sick.  I have always enjoyed cooking and baking but even more importantly I needed to have control over what was in the food I was eating.  As I started to get better I also became concerned over what I used to cook or bake with.  Anything that could be questionable I try and avoid.  I did not like baking in cupcake liners that look really pretty but when you bake in them all the pattern disappears --- where the heck does all that ink go??  I don't want it into my baked goods - thank you very much!!  You bake your cupcake or muffin and it all gets stuck on the liner... yuck! Our cupcake liners come from Sweden and are greaseproof - they are compostable, biodegradable and just down right beautiful!
The other thing I try and do is order from Canada or the USA sometimes England products that are produced there - the quality is better and I had many of my customers who just won't buy items from certain places.  For instance our paper straws are made in the USA, they are very sturdy and are great for cold or hot drinks - many people use them for parties, cake pops or decorative accents on cakes or cupcakes.

Another great item we carry are the party/goodie bags from the USA.  They are stronger than what you find at the dollar stores.  So your goodies won't fall through the bag :)  The patterns are unique and you never have the ink come off on your hands and they don't smell funny either!
We carry Cupcake Cuddlers or otherwise known as Dressed Up Party Cups because they are not just for cupcakes!  You can put candies, a flicker fake candle, a little cup with ice cream in and of course your cupcake!  We even have bride and groom cuddlers!  These are hand made down in the USA and the company employs physically and mentally challenged adults.
My personal philosophy is I do my very best to treat people the way I want to be treated.  If I don't know something I will try and find out for you.  If I don't carry it I will try and bring it in or find out where you can purchase it. I really enjoy getting to know people through the Facebook page
and at one point in time - the numbers of "likes" was so important... and now it's the people who continue to follow my posts, chat, share and sometime I am lucky enough to meet them!  I don't get upset if the numbers go up or down.... it happens.  Facebook has changed the way people see business pages - which is unfortunate, but I can't do anything about that - so I don't worry about it.  I just keep on trucking.  Sometimes people can get nasty or rude on Facebook pages - it's my page I just delete the post - there is no need to get people all riled up over it and spread the unhappiness.
The business is growing and I hope to add new items and ideas for you!
On  a more personal note:
I've learned something on my journey of life and that is in SPLIT second your life can change so dramatically that all this little stuff really doesn't matter.  You can lose your friends, family and people that you thought would never hurt you - do. 
I've learned to stand up for myself and accept my short comings - none of us are perfect or better than anyone else.  I live my life for me and my own personal family.
People can hurt you and disappoint you - it's your choice how you choose to deal with it. 
If you don't have your health - the rest is hard to enjoy. Living with pain sometimes just sucks...  so pick up the phone and make someone happy to hear from you --- don't complain to them.
Laugh I mean LAUGH - really it's good for you!
I have good days and really good days.... I prefer the latter. How about you?